CFP: Section Provenance, Fourth Swiss Congress of Art History (Mendrisio, 6-8 June 2019)

The relevance of provenance: Contemporary aspects of provenance research in theory and practice

The Washington Principles (1998) and the extensive research by the Bergier Commission (1996–2002), are key dates for provenance research in Switzerland. From 2012 the “Gurlitt trove” and the legacy of the estate to the Kunstmuseum Bern drew attention once again to the treatment of artworks looted by the Nazis in public and private collections. Research into the change of ownership of art works and artefacts has once again been discussed internationally since then. Since 2016 in Switzerland, the federal government has devoted a total of 2 million francs to provenance research projects in museums. But what demands are placed on provenance research as a discipline, specifically in Switzerland? Along with the historical and moral obligation to restitute art works and cultural assets to their legal owners or their heirs, today there are additional questions that apply to the content particularly of the academic disciplines of art history, ethnology and archaeology as well as art technology and conservation studies, and which extend to issues of international cultural asset transfer and thus to legal and political aspects of the origin of artefacts. Continue reading “CFP: Section Provenance, Fourth Swiss Congress of Art History (Mendrisio, 6-8 June 2019)”

CONF: AFEC 2018 International Study days workshop (Paris, 15-16 Jun 18)

Chinese objects and their lives
The French Association for Chinese Studies (AFEC)

International workshop
Paris, June 15 – 16, 2018

Registration deadline: Jun 16, 2018

Choosing from different disciplines and different periods, this workshop aims to examine how to approach objects in the humanities and social sciences. By bringing together specialists from different fields (history, art history, archaeology, technology, anthropology, literature, sociology, etc.), the workshop explores the life, trajectory and the possible metamorphoses of the value, status and function of objects.



8:45  Welcome – Introductory remarks, Valérie LAVOIX, President of the AFEC

June 15 – Morning session (9:30–12:50), Amphi 2, Inalco

Objects of Memory and Memory of the Object (1)  Chair: Gilles GUIHEUX
9:30 – AMAR Nathanel The Lives of Dakouin China: From Waste to Nostalgia
10:00 – FLATH James Unmanufacturing Modern China: Industrial Ruins and Post-Industrial Society
10:30 – LU Yi Sinological Garbology: Archives and History in Modern China Continue reading “CONF: AFEC 2018 International Study days workshop (Paris, 15-16 Jun 18)”

CONF: Markets and their Agents – Basel 06/18

Arbeitskreis für spätmittelalterliche Wirtschaftsgeschichte
Hirschgässlein 21, 4051 Basel

Deadline: 11.06.2018

Markets and the agents who shaped and created them are the subject of the 6th annual conference of the research group on premodern economic history. Markets feature prominently in recent research. Discussions cover the questions, for example, how a market can be grasp as a place, an event or a mechanism of exchange, or whether premodern economies have just hosted markets or if some of them can even be regarded as market economies.

The conference in Basel will now turn to the agents who forged and connected markets. Exchange was done between persons and with the help of persons: Artisans, retailers and poor people tried to better their living conditions by engaging on the market, merchants interconnected different markets, urban personnel (such as brokers, men working at the public scales, or the town council as a whole) regulated and facilitated exchange. Continue reading “CONF: Markets and their Agents – Basel 06/18”

TOC: Journal for Art Market Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2018)

The new issue of the Journal for Art Market Studies explores the multi-faceted
historical role of the art market in the displacement of cultural assets.

Based on a detail from George Cruickshank, The Elgin Marbles! or John Bull buying stones at the time his numerous family want bread!! (engraving, 1816). Cover design: Amichai Green Grafik.

ISSN: 2511-7602

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CFP: Sessions at RSA, A Matter of Access (Toronto, 17-19 Mar 19)

Deadline: Jun 15, 2018

Organisers: Susan Bracken, Andrea M. Gáldy, Adriana Turpin (International Forum Collecting & Display)

Since its foundation in 2004, the international forum Collecting & Display has investigated numerous aspects of both collections and collectors. This type of activity has taken place at our own conferences, which resulted in a number of publications. We have also participated in meetings organised by other societies.

For the 2019 annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America we are proposing three inter-related panels, which would examine the question of access to the collection from different perspectives. This session proposes to extend the discussion of the nature and pertinence of collections by focusing on the spaces in which they were displayed and how access to those spaces was controlled. By examining how collections were displayed, used and presented and who had access to these spaces, we hope to develop a deeper understanding of the meaning of the collection to its owner and its significance to contemporaries. Continue reading “CFP: Sessions at RSA, A Matter of Access (Toronto, 17-19 Mar 19)”

ANN: Felix Billeter, in: Kunstchronik Heft 5 / Mai 2018


Monatsschrift für Kunstwissenschaft, Museumswesen und Denkmalpflege
Herausgegeben vom Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in München
Mitteilungsblatt des Verbandes Deutscher Kunsthistoriker e.V.
71. Jahrgang / Heft 5 / Mai 2018

Section Art Market

Felix Billeter, Kunsthändler, Sammler, Stifter. Günther Franke als Vermittler moderner Kunst in München 1923-1976; Uwe Fleckner/Christian Huemer/Thomas W. Gaehtgens (Hg.), Markt und Macht. Der Kunsthandel im „Dritten Reich“
Theresa Sepp

Mapping Museums: UK museum closures, 1960-2017

Mapping Museums: Preliminary results on UK museum closure, 1960-2017

Mapping Museums is a University blog researching  the history and geography of the UK independent sector 1960-2020.

Jamie Larkin is a researcher at Birkbeck College, University of London, and has recently posted this interesting article in the College’s blog.

“The museums sector generally concentrates on current practice and developments; it does not keep longitudinal data that would enable academics and museum professionals to trace patterns over time.

The result is that commentary on closure is focussed on the very recent past and lacks a broader perspective that could add insight to contemporary analyses of this phenomenon. As part of the Mapping Museums project we have built a dataset charting the development of UK museums since 1960, and we have used this to draw the first substantive picture of museum closures over time.

At the outset there are two important points to address relating to museum closure that we’ve encountered while building the dataset.

The first concerns data collection. Given the historical focus of the project, a great difficulty has been finding information regarding precise years of closure. Recent closures and closure of well-established museums are fairly well documented. The real difficulty has been tracking down information for smaller, grassroots, regional museums – particularly those that closed 15, 20, or 25 years ago….”

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